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Barn Doors to Your Dinner Table From Start to Finish

The Complete Evolution of a Barn Door Becoming a Dining Room Table

Barnwood furniture is more popular now than ever, but have you ever thought about exactly what goes into transforming an old barn door into a stunning new dinner table for your dining room? Here, we look behind the scenes and share with you the process of using reclaimed barnwood to make a table.

Finding the Right Wood

A barnwood table is built using aged barnwood that has been reclaimed during the tear-down process. When we are notified of a barn that is scheduled to be demolished, we send crews to the location to gather any wood that may be suitable for re-use. Barn doors are excellent sources of wood, as are rafters, floor joists, and framing. The collected wood is then loaded on a trailer and shipped directly to our workshop.

Preparing the Wood for Cutting

Before the wood can be cut, it needs to be carefully de-nailed to ensure all the nails are removed. A metal detector is used to scan the wood to make sure no nails were missed.

Cutting and Joining the Barnwood

A custom table order will include the width and length of the table top that’s needed. Each piece of wood is cut to size and then glued together and held tight by pipe clamps until the glue is fully dried.

The ends of the table are then mortised using a joiner. This ensures the finishing panels can be easily aligned for accurate placement. The legs or base gets attached next, and sanders are then used to clean up the wood in order to provide it with a smooth surface.

Once the sanding is complete and the dust is removed, a coating of urethane is applied to the wood.

Caring for Your Barnwood Dining Table

Barnwood is extremely durable, but there are some things you can do to help protect it from getting damaged. Here are some tips to maximize the longevity of your heirloom piece:

  • Keep it away from UV rays to prevent discoloration and warping
  • Keep the table away from heating and cooling vents to prevent shrinking or expanding
  • Use coasters to prevent moisture rings from forming
  • Set hot items on trivets or hot pads, and not directly on the wood
  • Keep your home at stable temperature and humidity levels in order to prevent drying, cracking, shrinking, and swelling
  • Clean the table regularly with a soft clean cloth
  • Apply a fresh coat of wax when needed

Shop for Barn Door Dining Tables at Log Furniture Place

Log Furniture Place custom makes all of our barn door tables by hand and from locally sourced reclaimed wood, so each one is completely unique. Shop our entire inventory of reclaimed wood tables online today or contact us today about placing a custom order.

We work tirelessly to ensure your complete satisfaction, and we back up all our products with a solid warranty. Contact us today if you have any questions regarding our process and/or customization options.